CHARACTER AND AIMS
The International Academy of Divine Mercy is a Church institution of the Krakow Archdiocese which is linked to the Shrine of Divine Mercy and which cooperates with the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow. Its aim is to guard and watch over the correctness of the cult of Divine Mercy and to promote the devotion to Divine Mercy as handed down to the world by Saint Faustina Kowalska, the Apostle of Divine Mercy and proclaimed by the Blessed John Paul II, the Pope of Mercy. The Academy inspires theological studies aimed at fathoming the mystery of Divine Mercy and encourages pastoral initiatives focusing on the spreading of the cult of Divine Mercy.
The Academy undertakes cooperation with Catholic universities and centers of the cult of Divine Mercy in Poland and abroad, inspiring its members to undertake further specialist studies in the sphere of dogma, liturgy, and spirituality of Divine Mercy. It promotes the theme of Divine Mercy at retreats, days of meditation, during pilgrimages, as well as in literature and arts.
The International Academy of Divine Mercy fulfills its mission through organizing conferences and academic-pastoral sessions, inspiring scholarly studies in the sphere of theology and spirituality of Divine Mercy. It cooperates with the centers of the cult of Divine Mercy both in Poland and abroad.
Membership of the International Academy of Divine Mercy is granted by the Metropolitan of Krakow, who at the same time is its Supreme Chancellor. Members are divided into honorary and ordinary ones.
Honorary members are nominated by the Metropolitan of Krakow from among persons who through their activity contribute to the development of the cult of Divine Mercy.
Ordinary members are nominated by the Metropolitan of Krakow for the period of five years at the suggestion of the Rector of the Academy who takes into consideration the candidates’ knowledge in the sphere of theology and devotion to Divine Mercy.
The International Academy of Divine Mercy possesses a canonical public legal personality. The legal representative of the Academy is its Rector. The Academy’s Main Office is located in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. In the civil-legal sphere, the Academy operates within the Rectorate of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki.
ORGANS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF DIVINE MERCY
The International Academy of Divine Mercy is administered by its Rector who is appointed for the period of five years and subsequently recalled by the Metropolitan of Krakow. The Rector is assisted in his office by two Vice-Rectors – also appointed by the Metropolitan of Krakow for a five-year term of office, following the Rector’s motion. The Rector, together with the Vice-Rectors constitute the Board of the Academy. The Board presents to the Supreme Chancellor – the Metropolitan of Krakow, the candidates for nomination to honorary and ordinary membership, convenes Academy sessions and manages its activity, pointing to the directions of academic research, suggesting topics for plenary sessions as well as editorial projects.
The honorary members constitute the Senate of the Academy; they share their experiences in the sphere of theology as well as the cult of Divine Mercy with the remaining members. The ordinary members undertake the tasks assigned to them by the Board of the Academy.
The Rector is assisted in his duties by the Academy Council consisting of 12 people; Council members are appointed by the Metropolitan of Krakow for the period of five years from among the ordinary members. The Rector and the two Vice-Rectors belong to the Academy Council ex officio. The work and activities of the Council are directed by the Rector.
The day-to-day running of the Academy is made possible thanks to the Secretariat of the International Academy of Divine Mercy, which has its head office in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The Secretariat consists of three people – the secretary, his deputy and treasurer who is nominated and recalled by the Metropolitan of Krakow, following the motion of the Rector of the Academy. The duties and tasks of the Secretariat are defined by the Rector.
Representatives of the Institutes of Consecrated Life which devote themselves to the cult of Divine Mercy as well as of Movements and Associations which realize the goals of the Academy on the pastoral plane, may be appointed ordinary members of the International Academy of Divine Mercy.
MEETINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF DIVINE MERCY
The Plenary Meeting of the International Academy of Divine Mercy should be attended by the Rector, Vice-Rectors, as well as ordinary members and the Secretariat. The Plenary Meeting is convened by the Rector of the Academy who establishes the meeting’s agenda and conducts its sessions. The Rector may also invite honorary members to take part in the plenary meeting.
Out of his own initiative or else following the motion of the majority of ordinary members of the Academy, the Rector of the Academy calls a plenary meeting twice a year; he defines the aim of the meeting, as well as the date and place where it is to be held.
The International Academy of Divine Mercy administers the financial resources remaining at its disposal on its own. Its financial resources come mainly from membership fees paid in by ordinary and honorary members as well as from benefactors. The height of the fees is established by the Academy Council at the Rector’s request.
The Treasurer, who is a member of the Secretariat, is appointed by the Rector of the Academy for period of five years. He enters all receipts and expenses of the Academy in the revenue and expense ledger.
Taking advantage of the financial resources of the Academy takes place under the supervision of the Rector. All revenues and expenses are entered in the register by the Treasurer who submits an annual balance sheet to the Academy Council for endorsement. Should the need arise, the Council may select from its midst a 3-man board of auditors who will inspect the finances of the Academy and will present the findings of the inspection to the Archbishop of Krakow. No member of the Board of the Academy may at the same time be a member of the Board of Auditors.
DISSOLUTION OF THE ACADEMY
In the case when the International Academy of Divine Mercy is dissolved by the Archbishop Metropolitan of Krakow, all movable and immovable goods become the property of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki.
The present Statute of the International Academy of Divine Mercy with the main office in Krakow-Łagiewniki is endorsed by me ad experimentum for the period of five years, in accordance with the regulations of canon law (regulation 117 of the Code of Canon Law).
Stanisław Cardinal Dziwisz
Metropolitan Archbishop of Krakow
Kraków, December 8th, 2011